saint patricks day in ireland

10 Most Interesting Facts About St Patrick’s Day!

Being Irish and being proud of it is a given, but on March 17th each year being Irish becomes trendy across the globe, that’s because it’s St Patrick’s Day! What makes this even more fascinating is the fact that this special day is only celebrated as an official public holiday in a handful of countries.  Yet dozens of cities in very many countries embrace Irish culture and hold festivities in celebration of this big day.

So here is the low down on what you need to know about the big day, to truly feel you have Irish roots.

1: Long, Long Ago.

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St Patrick is the most famous patron saint of Ireland, according for folklore; he brought Christianity to Ireland, freed the land from snakes and made rocking shamrock fashionable. The St. Patricks day celebrations have been held on the 17th of March In Ireland for over 1500 years on the anniversary of his passing.

2: Making It Official

drinks on saint patricks day

Ireland officially started celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in 1903. It’s a well-known fact that Ireland is majority Roman Catholic and St. Patrick’s Day generally falls during lent, and prior to the 1960’s was it was a deeply religious day. In the 1960’s however, a law was passed that allowed pubs and restaurants to open for the occasion and since then St. Patrick’s Day festivities have become a date for the social calendar.

 3: Patrick’s Real Name

As crazy as this might sound St. Patrick is not actually Irish and his name was not actually Patrick. Patrick was his alias and his birth name was actually Maewyn Succat and he was born in Wales.  According to legend, he was sold as a slave to Irish tribes, escaped back to Britain and became a member of the church. After he was ordained a priest, he changed his name to Patrick and returned to Ireland to spread the word of God!

4: Ridding Ireland of Snakes

One of the most celebrated acts of St. Patrick is the fact that according to the legend he freed Ireland from snakes. According to scientific evidence there were actually never snakes in Ireland. But as a nation which prefers never to let facts get in the way of a good story, we still celebrate this act!

5: No Shamrock, No Excuse!

St. Patrick used the simple shamrock leaf to explain the meaning of the Holy Trinity to the Irish.  Actually this type of teaching was common among the Celts. So Patrick used his intellect to teach the locals in a way they understood.

6:  All Things Green

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, nothing is more effective than the colour green! Green becomes the trend from food and beer to even rivers and national landmarks. This statement colour is the embodiment of Irishness and the essence of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

7: It Was Blue Before It Was Green

St. Patrick’s Day is symbolised by the colour Green, but historians have found documents indicating that St. Patrick himself actually preferred the colour blue. During the 1798 Rebellion, wearing shamrock and the colour green because a symbol of nationalism and thus Green became the new blue.

8: Parading Around

Besides knocking back a few drinks and wearing all things green, being a spectator or taking part in a parade is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patricks Day! Fun fact, the largest St. Patricks Day parades are held outside Ireland by Irish immigrants and expats.

9:  Drink Up!

During the St. Patricks Day celebrations the consumption of Guinness almost triples worldwide, from 5.5 million pints on an average day to 13 million. That’s over 150 pints a second.

10: Family Fun and Social Banter

Ireland is known for being friendly and Irish people rank as some of the friendliest people in the world! St. Patrick’s Day is a day like no other when Irish friends and family come together to eat drink and be merry celebrating their historic culture and customs.

 

Lá Fhéile Pádraig!!